Archive for the ‘Autism’ Category

Have You Heard About the Concept of a Hidden Curriculum?

First of all do you know what a “hidden curriculum” is? I was introduced to this concept several years ago and I find myself telling staff about it on a regular basis. So I thought I’d share this with you….just in case you didn’t know! 🙂 I’ve got a couple of things to share with you today: An explanation and examples of what a hidden curriculum is A couple of […]

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One Sweet Strategy To Solve Getting the Correct Shoe On The Correct Foot!

Do you remember my mantra, “if you have to tell, tell, tell you need to show, show, show”? There are hundreds of ways you can apply this if you just take a moment to think about your daily dilemmas. Here are some examples we use all the time: take a photo of where you want things to go, write out the steps or take pictures of the steps you want […]

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Do You Know What to Do When a Seizure Occurs?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone was having a seizure and you didn’t know what to do? That is the worst feeling ever! If you’ve been working in the field of special education, you might be a pro at handling these situations, but if you’re a newbie working with students who have special needs, you will learn a lot from today’s episode. If you don’t need this […]

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What Motivates Kids? A Mystery Motivator Perhaps!

Have you ever had that student that you just could not figure out? No matter what you tried to motive that child….NOTHING worked! That happens, so you need to have a few ideas to pull out in case of this kind of emergency. Here is a list of things that I keep in my back pocket for these difficult kids: An interest inventory: What does the student like??? Go through […]

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Do You Know What T.H.I.N.K. Stands For As A Social Media Guide?

You know that some of our children with special needs get on the computer and post things just like their peers. Is anyone guiding those postings? Has anyone pointed out the pit falls, the potential negative consequences of reckless posting of information? These are questions that we, the parents and educators, must address to protect not only our children, but other children from things like bullying. In today’s video, I’m […]

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Check Out This Simple APP for the Next Dollar Up Strategy!

Simple, Simple, Simple and effective are the four things that I like most about the App I’m highlighting this week. The next dollar up strategy has been around for years and years, but the thought of having a fun, visually delightful, easy app to reinforce this strategy is just too wonderful not to share. I have to say that many of you must have the same criteria as I do […]

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A Practical “Visual–Mental Math” strategy for your Child with Special Needs!

I think you know by now that I like strategies that work and if they are simple….all the better!  I know from experience, if something is too complicated, staff is so busy and stressed out these days that to try and learn one more thing or to try and incorporate one more strategy sometimes is simply just too much to ask!!! Am I right??? With that said, when I saw […]

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Do You Know the Secret To Effectively Train Your Classroom Assistants?

Wouldn’t it be nice if every child in a special education classroom could get direct instruction from the classroom teacher all day long? Yes, it would be amazing! Not because we don’t value our classroom assistants, but because the classroom teacher has gone through college level instruction, student teaching under the guidance of a certified teacher, in addition to teaching experiences and continuing professional development opportunities. Teachers in special education […]

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How To Know When To Push The Panic Button With A Late Talker!

As you may imagine, I get lots of questions via e-mail and on my You Tube channel about all kinds of things. Sometimes the questions are related to my weekly videos and sometimes the questions are simply about how to handle the challenges that parents/grandparents/teachers/other special education staff/administrators/business owners are going through at the moment. I enjoy helping you find solutions to difficult situations. Why? Because that means I helped […]

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An APP That Is So Cool for Teens To Practice Typical Social Conversations!!!

  Do you have a teen who just doesn’t know how to have a conversation with someone? Don’t you wonder how they got this far without SOMEONE teaching them something simple like basic social skills with peers??? I wonder that each and every time I discover a student who is in middle school or high school, but doesn’t have a clue how to have a conversation about something as simple […]

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